The 36-hour Master of Education in Administration and Supervision leads to certification by the South Carolina Department of Education in elementary or secondary administration. The program meets the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the evaluation criteria of the South Carolina Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (PADEPP). The program provides candidates with a total of 300 hours of field experience, including a semester capstone internship in an elementary or secondary school other than the one in which the candidate currently serves. Candidates may begin the program at any time. The College of Education cannot recommend a graduate from this program for Initial Certification in Administration unless the candidate has completed a minimum of three years of public school teaching. A candidate seeking Initial Certification in Administration as an elementary school principal must complete at least one year of the three years in grades K-8. A candidate seeking Initial Certification in Administration as a secondary school principal must complete at least one year of the three years in grades 7-12.